Southern Rep in New Orleans Will Premiere With a Bang in 2009-10

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Southern Rep Theatre, the New Orleans Equity company that is the Gulf Coast South's major resident professional theatre, will stage two world premieres and five regional premieres in 2009-10.

The slate also includes the troupe's new play festival, reborn as the Southern Rep New Play Bacchanal.

Also expect a season-long alliance with the local African-American organization Junebug Productions' educational initiative called the Free Southern Theatre Project (FSTI).

Artistic director Aimée Hayes announced the season on July 27. The coming full-length world premiere is Peter McElligott's With a Bang, a co-production with The NOLA Project, in March 2010.

In With a Bang, according to SRT, "young heroine Margaret finds out that her father has died…again. When she is confronted by one very awkward messenger who vehemently denies being an angel, Margaret realizes she must take on her father's mission — to save the world."

The season will also include the area premiere of Michael Hollinger's Opus, directed by Mark Routhier, opening the season; the theatre group Universes and its new project Ameriville (a co-presentation with JuneBug Productions, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and Tulane University), which "fuses poetry, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and smoldering Spanish melodies, to explore what it means to be an American in this post-9/11 world"; the area premiere of Doug Wright's I Am My Own Wife, co-produced with All Kinds of Theatre and directed by AKT artistic director Carl Walker; and The Piano Teacher by Julia Cho (which will include a world premiere curtain-raiser, the to-be-announced winner of Southern Rep's "10 Minute Play Riot"). The Piano Teacher is "about sweet, cookie-loving piano teacher Mrs. K, who unleashes a creepily dark mystery." Southern Rep managing director Julie Hamberg will direct.

The season will conclude with the are premiere of the musical Grey Gardens by Doug Wright, Michael Korie and Scott Frankel. It's a co-production with Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré on Le Petit's stage.

SRT's long-running New Play Festival will be reborn as the Southern Rep New Play Bacchanal, "three weeks of exhilarating workshops, readings, and theatrical explorations." The Bacchanal will now include the new "10 Minute Play Riot," featuring the work of Southern writers.

Southern Rep's theatre is located on the third floor of The Shops at Canal Place, on the edge of the historic French Quarter. For subscription opportunities visit

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